Dr. Karen Hall
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District
The Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) School District has seen a great deal of success under the leadership of Dr. Karen Hall, who oversees a $25 million budget, more than 1,500 students and approximately 275 employees.
Since Hall became superintendent in 2012, MRH has been cited as a “District of Distinction" from District Administration Magazine. It has also consistently earned national attention for its system-wide sustainability practices.
Hall is committed to and passionate about ensuring educational excellence. She is dedicated to developing rich learning experiences, so students develop leadership skills, are actively engaged in the community, have opportunities to explore social justice issues and have access to artistic self-exploration balanced with academic rigor.
In 2013, Hall received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Missouri State Thespians Association. In 2012, she implemented the Public Education Leadership Project from Harvard University. The model’s systemic thinking is changing the achievement, alignment and sustainability within the school district.
Hall has worked to transform MRH into a community where the social-emotional functioning of children is approached using a trauma-informed lens. This has altered the district-wide approach to supporting students and assisting with their growth, development and restoration of community.
Before her promotion, Hall served as an assistant superintendent from 2008-12. She previously held principal positions in the Pattonville and Ritenour school districts and was a third-grade teacher in Kirkwood.
Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in special education & teaching from Fontbonne University (Mo.) and master’s degree in educational leadership & administration from Saint Louis University. She also earned an educational specialist degree in leadership & administration from Lindenwood University (Mo.) and doctorate in education/educational equity & social justice from Webster University (Mo.).